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For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out.
Combining cutting edge shooting mechanics with a dark and twisted story, Max Payne 3 is a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience from Rockstar Games.
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So for fans of hardcore brutal but entertaining games or just looking for a good game in general here's one to check out for your game collection.
After playing the game for the first two levels I really had to lower my enjoyment and expectation of the game,not due to the controls or overall story but just some of the game situations you keep finding yourself in. Case in point most of the time you have to protect someone from getting killed I do understand that but it didn't help when they were running away and you lost sight of them, then you get the message mission failed because the person was killed.Seriously??! It got to the point where I just put the game in the closet because it annoyed me to much, i did want to enjoy the game and for what little I played I did but overall replaying the level over and over because the idiot person you're trying to protect runs off and gets killed takes away any enjoyment you made from playing the game.
Also an annoyance would be the Max Payne health packs(AKA Pain killers)I know most games nowadays have spoiled us somewhat where you could runaway from a fight or enemy and regain your health but still it became so annoying trying to find health packs. The major problem was trying to find them in the room sometimes and you might spend five minutes checking every crevice to be sure you didn't miss it. Next Max Payne game hopefully gets rid of this.
The story is well told and well acted through a plethora of cutscenes that span more than a decade of Max Payne's life. The story is engaging, very grim, darkly humorous, and compelling. But the sheer amount of breaks in the action for unskippable cutscenes really make you feel like you're watching a movie rather than playing a game. If you just want to jump into a level and kill bad guys, you're going to need a lot of patience. The story is also disturbing and many people may not have the stomach for it.
It's a shooting gallery with a lot of features to polish the gameplay. Max primarily guns down low life bad guys with guns. He can do this from behind cover or in bullet time, where it's much easier to take out the bad guys with a clean headshot. From cover, Max can duck and shoot, blind fire, and quickly move to other cover. A few shots to the body will down most enemies, a lot more shots to the body will down bad guys in body armor, and a head shot takes care of just about everything. Max can also enter his trademarked bullet time mode, which slows the action and allows the Player to take aim and quickly dispatch enemies. Max can also initiate bullet time from a diving roll, where he jumps into the air, time slows, and he guns everyone down. There's an assortment of weapons from hand guns, dual wielding, sub machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, and the occasional explosives. The AI is pretty good and will duck and shoot and occasionally charge and flank. One nice feature deals with Max's Pain Killers. If your health reaches zero and you have some in your inventory, you get a chance to save yourself. Max falls to his back and if you can kill the guy who is shooting you in a few seconds, you recover. If you cannot shoot him, you die. Unfortunately, sometimes, due to camera or animation issues, it is impossible to shoot the guy in time.
The voice acting is great and a large portion of the story takes place in Brazil. Many of the actors were recorded in Brazil, so it's authentic. The soundtrack is moody and grim, which fits the tone of the game. There are also some action tracks to highlight the action.
Replay Value: 5/10
The campaign has 4 difficulty levels, but it is so deliberately paced, I can't imagine anyone wanting to play the 12 hour campaign more than once. There is a level select, so you can go back and get achievements. There is also an arcade mode with a very complex scoring system which rewards risk taking, aggression, and defense. You can compete on leaderboards for bragging rights. Max Payne also has Multiplayer with a character advancement system.
This is for adults. The game features porn, drugs, gore, very disturbing scenes, glorified violence, language, and a bleak outlook on life. Having a kid play this is a very bad idea... unless he's already in Juvie... then he will like it.
At times it feels like you brought an airsoft gun to the movies to watch some Hollywood Blockbuster and you're firing at the screen during the action scenes. Despite the grim atmosphere, the ton of cutscenes, and the repetitive gameplay, Max Payne 3 is still a memorable experience. It's fun and it will have you cringing and laughing at some of Max's one liners. For the price, it's worth playing.
Buy this game if you like really dark stories like Breaking Bad, Sin City, Oldboy, or Dexter.
Buy this game if you like the series and the shooting mechanics of the other games.
Rent this game if you have 10-14 hours to finish the campaign.
Avoid this game if you don't like really dark games or stories.
Avoid this game if you need a variety of gameplay.
Avoid this game if you need skippable cutscenes.
If you liked Max Payne 3 for its gunplay but want a more open ended experience, you should definitely play Red Dead Redemption or Far Cry 3.
If you liked Max Payne 3 for its adult themes, check out the Darkness 2 or GTA.